Our brave firefighters prepare to battle Australia’s deadly bushfires as PM offers Polish help
PM Mateusz Morawiecki has offered to help Australia battle its raging fires by sending a team of Polish firefighters.
The PM told his Austrialian counterpart Scott Morrison on Tuesday that Poland was ready to send specialised units of the Polish Fire Brigade to help with the deadly bushfires sweeping across the country.
Posting on social media, Morawiecki said: “The fires in Australia are probably moving the hearts of all of us. Especially moving is the tragic fate of people who lost their lives or possessions, animals and beautiful Australian nature.
“Today, I spoke on the phone with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Of course, I asked him about the current situation in the fight against the element and on behalf of all Poles I expressed my sympathy to the families of the victims, but also offered all necessary help from our special fire brigades.
“Our brave Firefighters have recently shown great professionalism and commitment in Sweden. If they are needed, they will leave immediately to help our friends in Australia.”
Since October 2019, around several dozen people have died in the bushfires in Australia.
The fires have destroyed around 4 mln ha of bush and over 1,000 homes.
Government spokesperson Piotr Muller tweeted on Tuesday that the Polish PM spoke with Morrison and expressed his sympathy for the victims of the fires.
Earlier on Monday, Morrison announced that the Australian government was to spend an additional USD 1.4 bln combating the damage caused by the wildfires.
This is not the first time Polish firemen have been used abroad to help other countries.
In July 2018, Poland sent over 140 firefighters to help Sweden grapple with vast forest fires which covered over half the country.
Read more about it here.